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Beginning cabinetmaking - router bit advice?

I'm looking for advice on a good starter routing bit set. I want it to be comprehensive enough to be useful and adaptable for future projects, but not so inclusive that it's the only set I'll ever need. Also, needs to be good value, can't break the bank.

For experience background, I've worked with wood both for employment as well as a hobby. I'm planning to build some custom cabinet doors and hopefully find a new hobby to master over the coming years. Would appreciate any advice on bit sets or anything else you feel would be worthy of mentioning. Thanks!

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What type of doors are you trying to build? Simple shaker doors can be done with a tongue and groove set. The tongue and groove set can also come in handy in the future. Cope and stick doors require a pair of bits to make the profiles on the rails and styles of the door.

I'd look for a bit set that has a few roundovers, ogees, flush cutting bits, and tongue and groove bits. The TnG may have to be a separate set. Yonico has a lot of kits that are fine for a starter set. As you find bits that you use more, you can replace them with higher quality ones in the future. If you find you don't use all the bits, at least you didn't spend top dollar.
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The problem with buying a set is half or more you may never use. I would just buy single bits for what ever job you are doing at the time.
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Thanks for the tips. Not sure what style I'm going to go with yet, but I like the simplicity of shaker. Since I've never done cabinets before, would a TnG design be a preferred way to start over rail and stile? Or is the work relatively similar provided you have the right tools?
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Thanks for the tips. Not sure what style I'm going to go with yet, but I like the simplicity of shaker. Since I've never done cabinets before, would a TnG design be a preferred way to start over rail and stile? Or is the work relatively similar provided you have the right tools?
They are both similar with the TnG being slightly easier. I think it'd be a good starting point.
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